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January 8, 2013
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  • How technology directors can keep up with the times
    Thomas Murray, director of technology and cybereducation for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa., in this blog post offers advice to help school-technology directors be successful and avoid becoming obsolete. He writes about the need for the directors to embrace "anytime, anywhere learning," avoid being the digital police department, encourage social media, go into classrooms, talk to teachers and understand bring-your-own-technology programs. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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  • Blended learning seen as offering the best of both worlds
    A high school in Arizona that has adopted blended learning, in which students learn part of the time in traditional classrooms and the remainder of instruction is online, is highlighted in this article as an example of the instructional model. Supporters say blended-learning programs allow students to move at their own pace, taking on more advanced work if they are able. However, some educators say the key to successful blended learning occurs offline, through peer tutoring, small-group work and projects. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Technology connects Ind. students to the rest of the world
    The St. Michael School in Schererville, Ind., has established a pen pal program to expose students to other cultures. With teachers facilitating the learning process, students use digital communication, translation programs, discussion boards and other tools to interact with classrooms in places such as Mexico, Russia and Norway. "We find a partner classroom and collaborate on school projects, practice foreign language skills and establish international friendships," said Brenda Tovsen, the school's technology coordinator. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Tech developers are recruited to boost middle-school math scores
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chancellor Dennis Walcott have launched the App Gap Challenge, in which software developers create applications aimed to help middle-school students learn math. "Students who fall behind in middle school math are likely to remain behind through high school and less likely to graduate ready for college," Bloomberg said. GothamSchools.org (New York) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Ireland expands students' access to free online resource
    Students in Ireland have had access to the online edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica at school for about three years, and now officials have announced they soon will begin offering free access to the resource at home as well. Education and Skills Minister Ruairi Quinn said the option will give students enhanced flexibility, allowing them to learn at their own pace. Silicon Republic (Ireland) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Schools and Social Media 
  • Students participate in Skype reading sessions
    Students at an elementary school in North Carolina are practicing reading to a partner using Skype. Their reading partners are students at another school, who they can hear and see using the Skype program. Teacher Tina Boyer-Clauer learned about the technique at a training workshop and says so far it has been successful. She has partnered with classrooms in other states. Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Program encourages students to solve community problems
    Lizzie Cassady, a junior at New Hampshire's Academy for Science and Design charter school in Nashua, is trying to develop an e-reader specifically designed for students and their textbooks. Cassady is among four students in the Learning Studios program, which challenges students to develop solutions to community problems. "We always want to give students ownership of their education," said social studies teacher Douglass Belley. "This program gives them that." The Keene Sentinel (N.H.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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